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  • 1 Humayun's Tomb Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Lodi Road IND - Delhi

    Built in 1565, Humayun's tomb lies in the middle of a huge Mughal garden (chahar bagh) enclosed by walls, resembling a blissful abode in the paradise of Allah. The monument is immediately striking for its perfect proportions and the stark contrast be..

  • 2 Taj Mahal Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    IND - Agra

    This magical palace, the tomb of the wife of Sultan Shah Jahan who died in childbirth, is an extraordinary testament to the power of love. Completed in 1644, the monument took twelve years to build, with its fine marble walls, four slender minarets a..

  • 3 Agra Fort Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Agra

    Like many of the forts built during the Mughal period, Agra Fort, surrounded by double walls, housed a mix of private dwellings and religious buildings. Built in 1565 by Akbar, the fort was extended and embellished in 1571 by Shah Jahan, the smitten ..

  • 4 Jama Masjid Mosque Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    IND - Fatehpur Sikri

    Wanting to get closer to Sheikh Salim Chisti, the Sufi saint whom he worshipped, Emperor Akbar founded a new city on the site of Sikri in 1570. The "Friday mosque" houses the saint's white marble mausoleum, which is accessed via the Sublime..

  • 5 Fatehpur Sikri Site Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    IND - Fatehpur Sikri

    Fatehpur, the "town of victory", has a tranquil feel - and for good reason, as this short-lived capital of Emperor Akbar has not been inhabited for four centuries, and the only monument to get at all busy here is a tomb, the mausoleum of Sh..

  • 6 Amber Fort Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Jaipur

    To finish your visit of Jaipur, it is well worth heading up to the Amber Fort, which stands imperiously above the small Maota Sagar Lake a few miles from the Pink City. Amber was once the capital of Jaipur state. In the late 16C, Man Singh I built hi..

  • 7 Nadine Le Prince Haveli Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    IND - Fatehpur

    Built in 1802 by a silk merchant, the Nadine Le Prince haveli is now the property of a French painter who has spent ten years restoring the building. Visiting this haveli provides an interesting insight into other old houses where you will find the s..

  • 8 Junagarh Fort Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Bikaner

    Since the early 17C, Junagarth Fort has been home to a string of royal palaces behind its impregnable red sandstone walls marked with 30 bastions. Take some time to admire the Anup Mahal, where the maharajas were crowned and which is richly decorated..

  • 9 Jaisalmer Fort Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Akhay Pol IND - Jaisalmer

    Situated in the heart of the Thar desert, Jaisalmer is dominated by its 12C fort, which is surrounded by a long wall fortified with numerous bastions that have unfortunately been damaged by water seepage. The citadel, which is accessed via huge gates..

  • 10 Patwon ki Haveli Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Gopa Chowk IND - Jaisalmer

    Jaisalmer was an important staging post on the caravan route between India and Persia, Arabia and the West. It therefore comes as no surprise that the town boasts a number of splendid havelis in pink-ochre sandstone, built by the rich merchants of th..

  • 11 Mehrangarh Fort Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Jodhpur

    Since the mid 15C, Jodhpur has been dominated by the impressive Mehrangarh Fort, the "majestic fort" and a masterpiece of Rajput architecture built in ochre-coloured limestone. The building was used as the maharajas' residence right up to t..

  • 12 Mehrangarh Fort Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Forteresse de Mehrangarh IND - Jodhpur

    Discover the splendour of the Rajput maharajas in this museum housed in the Mehrangarh Fort. Visit the sumptuous interior of the Takhat Mahal, adorned with mirrors and coloured glass balls; the Phul Mahal, richly gilded and painted in the 19C; and Ta..

  • 13 Udaipur Old Town Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Laxi Chowk IND - Udaipur

    The waters of Pichola Lake lap against the whitewashed houses of the old town. As you explore the narrow alleyways of the town, don't miss the former palace of the Maharaja of Bagore (Bagore ki Haveli), which now houses a museum, or the 17C Jagdish t..

  • 14 City Palace Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Complexe du City Palace IND - Udaipur

    The City Palace museum is a maze of palace buildings, corridors and staircases (visitors follow a signposted linear route). Head up the stairs and enter the museum through the first building on the left. The rooms to the right on the first floor hous..

  • 15 Adinatha Temple Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ranakpur IND - Sadri

    This splendid Jain temple, one of the largest in Rajasthan, is the work of the famous architect Dipak, who built it in the 15C for the rich merchant Sanghvi Dharnak Shah. Its rooms and courtyards are adorned with an array of exquisite marble sculptur..

  • 16 Old Delhi Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Bazar Rd IND - Delhi

    The inhabitants of Delhi call this district, which corresponds to the town founded in the 17C by Emperor Shah Jahan, "Old Delhi" (Purani Dilli), despite the fact that many other districts in the capital are actually older than this one. The..

  • 17 Qutb Minar Complex Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    IND - Delhi

    The Qutb Minar, a 73m-high minaret-tower dominating the other buildings and monuments in the park, stands on the site of the first Muslim Delhi, which was founded in the 13C by General Qutb ud-Din Aibak. Admire the Quwwat ul-Islam mosque, the oldest ..

  • 18 Fatehpur Sikri Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Fatehpur Sikri

    The capital of the Mughal empire is now no more than a ghost town. Although its houses have disappeared, its magnificent red sandstone Mughal- and Rajput-style palaces remain: the Panch Mahal, with its 176 columns; the Palace of Jodha Bai, adorned wi..

  • 19 City Palace Complex Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sireh Deorhi Bazar IND - Jaipur

    The City Palace, a vast palatial complex founded by Jai Singh II (first half of the 18C), is home to the buildings of the Rajasthan administration, as well as to Jaipur's main tourist sights: the Palace of the Winds, the observatory, and the palace i..

  • 20 Shekhawati Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IND - Nawalgarh

    Shekhawati, a semi-desert region in the centre of the Bikaner-Jaipur-Delhi triangle, was prosperous in the 18C during the reign of Sardul Singh thanks to its location on the caravan routes linking the imperial cities of Delhi and Agra. In Nawalgarh, ..

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